and it's really good to emphasize the brilliance and appreciation of classical music to the younger generations during these winter months, with performances, collaboration with schools, etc. My parents introduced my brother and I to appreciate the arts, as they both gained their cultural awareness beginning in the 1950's while studying in Jerusalem. It's a lifelong constant presence to an individual's life even during times of great uncertainty. Over the centuries, the Jewish community's contribution to the musical sector is commendable and it's good to see also the Palestinian orchestras, ensembles, etc. making roadways into this arena. Perhaps it's a mark for beginning the path to stability in the region.
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from the article: Today an orchestra, tomorrow a Palestinian state